The Test is coming up. The test that decides the rest of your life. It decides who you will marry, your career, where you live, what you do, what you say,  …and if you are ready for the Operation.


Thaddia is approaching the age of 16, meaning she will soon take the long-awaited Test. She’s been apprenticing as a solder,  for the last 13 years. But being ordered around, she wonders if she will have what it takes to be a pawn. She always has another opinion, and questions everything she hears. Thaddia wonders what is beyond the Great Wall, and if it’s better out in the wild wilderness then having her brain replaced with a microchip.